Last week, I said that I’d update you all on my experience with Global QSL during the week. Well, I missed last week due to commitments balanced with time; I’m ending up doing it this week.
What I am going to focus on over the next series of posts is how Global QSL works and why it specifically works for me. Your results may vary, of course, depending upon your needs, time, and finances. But, if you are a contester and gets lots of QSL cards (what contester doesn’t?), then this series will be of interest to you.
This article will look at the benefits to the contester from both the company point of view as well as my contesting viewpoint.
In a nutshell, with a little technology and a few dollars, Global QSL will fully manage the printing and distribution of your bureau (and other) QSL cards. This is no small thing to do.
The way Global QSL works
There is essentially a three step process for handling your bureau QSL cards:
These three steps are what I did to get my 500 or so cards uploaded to the site.
There are several benefits to the contester for this type of service:
Global QSL has some features as well that help support the service:
The bottom line
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a lot of resistance to sending out bureau cards. They come in bunches, they need to be sorted out, and I tend to put them in a pile over there to get to later. It turns out, much later.
This was the first logical service I have found that makes it easy to send cards.
I much prefer Logbook of The World, of course. But the paper QSL card isn’t going away any time soon and this service gets me to honoring the QSO by confirming it much easier than anything I’ve done in the past.
Next up: working the process. Including screen shots.